GEAR UP Brings RCMS Students to UK’s ‘E-Day’

LEXINGTON (February 23, 2019)—The Rockcastle County Schools GEAR UP team, currently placed in Rockcastle County Middle School, took a group of 17 sixth and seventh-graders to the University of Kentucky’s Engineering Day on Saturday, February 23.

A piece in GEAR UP’s mission involves serving low-income students with opportunities to promote a postsecondary pathway, as well as provide STEM exploration options.

Sixth and seventh-graders currently involved in math and science Bravo took advantage of the opportunity to experience engineering and a college campus during E-Day.

E-Day took place at the end of the nation-wide recognized Engineers Week, which is dedicated to promoting an engineering workforce and math and science-based work. Sixth and seventh-graders currently in Mrs. Bobo’s Careers Encore class have explored engineering careers during the week through Learning Blade software to celebrate the week.

The University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering provided many activities and exhibits for students to see and experience hands-on. The RCMS students made their own lip balm, bouncy balls and rockets, while encountering a solar car, 3D printing, virtual reality and robots, along with many other exhibits.

This is the first college visit and STEM opportunity provided by GEAR UP since the Berea College Partners for Education GEAR UP Opportunity grant came to RCMS in January.

The RCMS GEAR UP team includes Cayci Mahaffey, Kayla Bryant, Selena Thompson and Rachel Johnson.

For a full listing of E-Day’s exhibits and information on the event, visit

If interested to know more information on Rockcastle County Schools GEAR UP, contact any of the team members at RCMS during school hours.


Rockcastle County Middle School students attended UK’s E-Day on Saturday, February 23. Students pictured: Landon Carlton, Anna Chaliff, Corey Coleman, Abbygail Deleon, Ezekiel Graves, Madison Hayes, Bailey Hensley, Kameryn Medley, William Miller, Matthew Owens, Noah Phillips, Dillon Pickle, Landon Reppert, Rylee Smith, Andrew Whicker, Katelyn Wren

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